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tap·root

 (tăp′ro͞ot′, -ro͝ot′)
n.
The main root of a plant, usually stouter than the lateral roots and growing straight downward from the stem.

[From tap.]

taproot

(ˈtæpˌruːt)
n
(Botany) the large single root of plants such as the dandelion, which grows vertically downwards and bears smaller lateral roots
[C17: from tap2 + root1]
ˈtapˌrooted adj

tap•root

(ˈtæpˌrut, -ˌrʊt)

n.
a main root descending downward and giving off small lateral roots.
[1595–1605]

taproot

The thick and strong downward-growing root produced by some plants, shrubs, and trees.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taproot - (botany) main root of a plant growing straight downward from the stemtaproot - (botany) main root of a plant growing straight downward from the stem
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
root - (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground
2.taproot - something that provides an important central source for growth or development; "the taproot of his resentment"; "genius and insanity spring from the same taproot"
germ, source, seed - anything that provides inspiration for later work
Translations
hlavní kořen

taproot

[ˈtæpruːt] Nraíz f central

taproot

[ˈtæpˌruːt] nradice f principale
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John Hoggard, by email CAROL: It's an admirable ambition but thistles don't like growing in pots because they're taprooted.
John Hoggard, by email A IT'S an admirable ambition but thistles don't like growing in pots because they're taprooted.
This scheme created populations that were taprooted with few or no lateral roots (TAP) and branched types with many lateral roots (BRH).